In Galicia we can be proud of a long list of attributes, due to the spectacular nature, our popular culture or other more recognised virtues, such as the historical heritage that spills over our entire geography. After a very interesting journey through the historic city of Lugo, just 24 kilometres away we can complete our contact with the past with a visit to Castro de Viladonga, in the municipality of Castro de Rei.
This is one of the most relevant archaeological and historical sites of A Terra Chá, Asset of Cultural Interest since 2009 and of course, one of the points to visit if you are in the area. The castro, which sits on top of a summit, consists of several enclosures of walls and moats, two antecastros and a large central area, also known as ‘croa’.
A typical site in the northwest, where most of the buildings discovered so far are distributed forming ‘neighborhoods’ around two main streets, in addition to having a path parallel to the wall that encloses the enclosure. It could be said that it is an example of the settlements between the 2nd and 5th centuries A. D. , and a fundamental piece for a better knowledge of the life of the time.
Another of the outstanding characteristics of this complex refers to the architectural diversity of its constructions and the quantity and quality of the materials found here. This information can easily be found and expanded in the Castro de Viladonga Museum, which is located next to the site and is entirely dedicated to the study and knowledge of castro and the castreño world since the Roman conquest.
The history about the different excavations in the place, information about activities or exhibitions and even a virtual visit, are only some of the arguments that offers us its web page https://viladonga.xunta.gal/en to approach us definitively to the place. The facilities, which are open practically every day of the year, also allow free entry to the castro and the chance to see, for less than three euros, the interesting exhibition of ceramic pieces, coins, ornaments, hunting utensils and much more from the museum.
On the other hand, and as it happens in some of the castros that we have already discovered in this blog, the Viladonga Hillfort is surrounded by a privileged natural environment to enjoy when our visit is over. Very close, about 10 kilometers away, is the Lagoa de Caque with a landscape dominated by wide meadows and open spaces that allow you to observe species typical of these wetlands. In short, a marvel for those who want to connect with nature while discovering places with history.
Do you need more reasons to visit him?